The recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides relief to U.S. citizens amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, including an economic impact payment. While there is no qualifying income requirement for these checks, there is a phase-out in place that may affect you. Because of this unprecedented situation, scammers are taking advantage of the confusion and uncertainty these checks are presenting and it's important to be diligent and informed. Do not provide your banking information to anyone via phone or email!
There is no qualifying income requirement. If you filed a tax return for either 2019 or 2018, you will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples who file a joint return, plus $500 for each qualifying child. A qualifying child is deemed as under the age of 17.
If your adjusted gross income was less than $75,000 (individual) or $150,000 (married filing joint), you will receive the full payment. The payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 amount. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.
In addition, taxpayers who owe back taxes will also receive the payment.
The stimulus checks will be automatically deposited by the end of April into the same banking account reflected on the 2019 or 2018 return filed. To ease the worry, the Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal allowing individuals who have not recently submitted banking information to the IRS to do so, enabling them to receive payments immediately.
Please note: The IRS will deposit the check into the direct deposit account you previously provided on your tax returns. By mid-April, the IRS will have a newly designed secure portal for those who have not provided a direct deposit account. If the IRS does not have this information, the check will be mailed to the address on file.
If you have already filed your 2019 tax return, you do not need to contact me. If you have yet to file, you have an extension until July 15, 2020, to file and pay any tax due.
As always, I am here for you during these trying, and often confusing, times. COVID-19 is affecting each of us in a unique way, and I am proud to be a reliable, comforting resource for you as we continue to move forward. Please stay safe, stay home and stay healthy!
For additional information, please visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov or click on the link below. Click on "Get Info on Economic Income Payments."
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